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>>> good morning and welcome to special election edition of "this week." >>> the obama campaign is slipping. >> we have come too far to turn back now. >>> it's on. the final sprint. >> we'll win this election. we'll finish what we started. >> we're going to bring changes to get america stronger again. >> we need you, ohio. >> i love colorado! >> to break this deadlock race. the big questions now -- can obama's swing state firewall stand up to romney's momentum. how will hurricane sandy shake up the campaign? and with just nine days to go, could a final october surprise send this election into overtime? questions for our headliners. stephanie cutter and newt gingrich. >>> plus, insight and analysis from our roundtable. >>> hello again. with just nine days to go, the october surprise is here. hurricane sandy. threatening a massive stretch of the u.s. from virginia to new england. all of the way to the great lakes. it's caused both candidates to scramble their schedules. we'll get into that, plus our latest abc news/washington post poll in just a moment. but let's begin with sam ch
-american voters return enforce for barack obama this time? >> we're in the same spot as we were when bush was president. >>> and battleground road trip. the candidates are fighting tooth and nail for these girl scout moms and die hard cheese heads. so, "nightline" co-anchor bill weir hit the road in the swing state of wisconsin. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden, bill weir and tonight, juju chang in new york city, this is fwhl until, november 2nd, 2012. >>> good evening, i'm juju chang. in the five days since superstorm sandy ravaged the east coast, those caught in its path are still reeling from the magnitude of the crisis. we now know the storm took the lives of at least 105 people, and caused an estimated $50 billion in damage and knocked out power to 8.5 million initially and 3.6 million people still remain in the dark tonight. and late today, in new york city, the largest marathon in the world was canceled for the first time ever in its 42-year history, following days of outrage at the specter of precious resources being deployed
. . >>> the 2012 election is five days away but because of sandy president obama put campaigning on hold. instead he turned his attention to the victims of the storm, and now the recovery stage continues. political rivals are joining forces. here's. >> now a natural disaster has softened party lines in the form of an unlikely pairing. new jersey governor chris christie and democratic president barack obama toured the storm ravaged state of new jersey. >> i cannot thank the president enough for the his personal concern and compassion for our state. >> it's not the first time this week christie has offered praise for the president. obama is also applauding the governor. >> i think the people of new jersey recognize he has put his heart and soul into making sure the people of new jersey bounce back. >> it has created a stir. >> the next president of the united states governor mitt romney. >> christie is one of mitt romney's most outspoken supporters on the trail picked to give the keynote address at the republican national convention. >> real leaders don't follow polls. real leaders change polls. >>
. the president won the state in 2008 but now the republican candidate hopes to turn it red again. >> the obama folks are chanting four more years, but our chant is this, five more days. five more days. >> reporter: the latest poll in virginia shows it's to close to call. obama leads 49-47%. with in the margin of error. >> hello wisconsin. >> reporter: the president started his three state swing in paul ryan's home state where he asked for more time to finish the job. >> as long as there is a single american who wants a job but can't find one our work isn't done. >> reporter: rounding out his day campaign stops in nevada and colorado. it combined 15elect, roal votes. the running mates also out in full force. four campaign events between the two. in iowa, the vice president accused the romney campaign of flip-flopping. > >> they are shameless. >> reporter: in colorado paul ryan argued the obama policies aren't working >> reporter: over the next several days you can expect to see more events just like those in the remaining swing states. also though don't be surprise fire department the campai
obama cast himself in the same bipartisan way that appealed to independent voters four years ago. >> over the last four years, the status quo in washington has fought us every step of the way. >> reporter: it would be unusual for a democratic president to actually suggest it would be okay with him if voters went for a congressional candidate other than a democrat. but, eager to paint himself as not part of the problem in washington, the president did just that at every stop. >> as long as i'm president, you know, i've said i will work with anybody of any party to move this country forward. if you want to break the gridlock in congress, you'll vote for leaders who feel the same way whether they're democrat, republican or independent. >> reporter: president obama seemedized and confident today. he actually did a little jig at this last stop here in lima, ohio. obama campaign officials are talking up their early voting program, years in the making. with republicans more reliable election day voters, the argument goes, democrats have built up a bank of early votes, ones that make win
the block? >> reporter: president obama toured some of the damage with governor chris christie. >> i can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state. >> i can promise you that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials. and we will not quit until this is done. >> reporter: and then, there was halloween. many towns decided to postpone it. but some were not deterred. on long island, superheros and cats were out. and in new york city, even with the power out, trick-or-treaters took to the street. and within just a few hours, all three of new york's major airports will be back online, with la guardia beginning at least partial service at 7:00 a.m. this morning. rob? sunny? >> good news there, too. and in terms of the gridlock here in new york city. traffic very heavy as the mass transit system gets up and running. what about the scarcity of gasoline for commuters? >> reporter: that's a really big problem because everyone's trying to get into the city. and one of the things
've talked to say barack obama has been our single most effective recruiting tool in the last four, five years. >> well, i think there's some truth to that. immediately after obama was elected, we saw two of the largest hate websites in the country crash. >> reporter: potok told us that by the late '80s, the klan dwindled to a few hundred. they now number closer to 6,000. >> white power! >> reporter: he believes they can be very dangerous. >> it's dangerous, not so much because a whole bunch of klansmen get together in a room and plan to murder 1,000 people with a bomb so, you know, it's the lone wolf characters that get frustrated with their leaders that break away, you know, one day, walk out of their house and start shooting. >> reporter: with that in mind, at a gas station outside of tupelo, the grand dragon appears. he is also known as steven howard, 31 years old, he says he's an iraq war veteran. he comes with a loaded pistol on his hip and tells me he's got serious ptsd. we agree to follow him to a remote location, where cell phone service is spotty. next to a trailer by the woods
. >> governor, would you eliminate fema if you were president? >> reporter: president obama stayed in washington to visit red cross, attend briefings with governors and utility ceos. >> i think he's handled it well. >> reporter: compassionate or calculated, depending on who called into the radio show in youngstown, ohio. >> where was it when it happened in ben gaza and i and he flew t snas he learned his lesson. >> reporter: a vital corner of a vial state with 28 visits from romney this year, 19 from obama. >> president obama wasn't able to come as planned because of the storm. >> reporter: do you think that hurts his cause in ohio? >> absolutely not. i think more people respect him for doing what what the president is supposed to do. >> reporter: the drizzle wasn't enough to keem elaine from going door to door on obama's behalf tonight. >> hi, how are you? >> reporter: hello. a few miles away brothers and roger did the same for romney. >> i don't think personally that after four years of watching this president that it should change anybody's mind in four days on four years of failure. >> very
if president obama gets four more years. >>> and then, a warning in the wake of hurricane sandy. be on the lookout for scam artists. >>> and joe biden stops by "the late show." and this time, the laughs are from him, not on him. >>> well, that is the closing bell last night, at the new york stock exchange. abc's sam champion, there in his orange coat. hard to miss sam in that picture, surrounded by other new york weather experts. their tireless and critical work throughout this week. the dow was up 136 points. >>> economic reports don't get any bigger than the one due out later this morning. the government releases the october employment numbers just four days before the election. a crucial report on wall street and the campaign trail. experts say, look for 125,000 new jobs last month, showing modest growth, with the unemployment rate steady at 7.8%. >>> well, there could be some manmade misery adding to the toll of hurricane sandy. scammers out to take advantage of folks after the storm. officials are warning people to watch out for phony charities, fraudulent home repair deals
the big vote. president obama was back on the trail yesterday making appearances in three battleground states. he wrapped up his day with a rally in boulder, cole colt. the president took some pointed jabs at mitt romney saying his economic plan is just a rehash the policies that led to the country's economic crisis and heads to the all-important state of ohio later today. >>> and for his part, mitt romney was in virginia at several campaign stops. he criticized the president for not doing enough to help businesses. also romney said the nation needs a president who understands business better. romney's aides are conceding that the storm's slowed some of his momentum but insist their internal polls show him ahead in some of those toss-up states. romney visits wisconsin and also ohio today. >>> and from the lighter side of politics, vice president biden went on david letterman's show last night to read his top ten list. >> oh, joe, the subject, the top ten reasons to vote early. here's some of the highlights. >> if you vote early you don't have to pay taxes. i'm sorry, i'm being told tha
to election day both candidates have been angling for any advantage. and in new jersey, president obama had the biggest one of all, the power of the presidency. off the campaign trail for a third straight day, president obama surveyed the damage along a nearly 60-mile stretch of the jersey shore with governor chris christie. >> we are here for you. and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all of the help that you need, until you have rebuilt. >> reporter: obama and christie are a very unlikely paring with less than a week un,000 titil e day. the blunt, brash, republican governor one of mitt romney's most staunch supporters. with his state facing historic devastation and massive rebuilding, christie welcomed the president's help. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit. this its our sixth conversation since the weekend. and, it's, it's been a great working relationship. >> reporter: in such a tight race, romney couldn't afford to lose another day on the campaign trail. he was in florida, a state that is essentially a must win for him.
there. we need to keep them safe. >> reporter: president obama came through this area today, toured the area with governor christie via helicopter. president obama has pledged to support but it's going to take time. reporting from atlantic city. >> sandy didn't bring just rain and heavy winds. garrett county it was snowing. some people are getting close to 30 inches of snow. rest stops are shut down. and tonight 17,000 people are in the dark, no power. >> sandy continues to spin, some snow showers in garrett county. i think we're dry the rose of the night. it's impressive to see sandy swirling over erie, pennsylvania. the clouds continue to come. not a lot of moon or star lie. temperatures running cool. so as the kids -- as you head out with the kids, dress them warm, maybe put a layer under the costumes. download hour abc2 weather map. >> all right. next year i'm going to go as a weather app. >>> here we are at the baltimore humane society. the shelter lost power. now everyone is struggling to care for the animals. deliveries of pet food and cat litter have been canceled for the we
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.1% to 7.8%. that's lowest figure in nearly three years what it was when president obama took office. both sides spun the data. >> aid rehypedder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> we can do better. we don't have to stay on path we have been on. >> reporter: expect it to become a talking point on the trail that will be winding through the main battleground states in the days ahead. romney and the president are visiting 7 states today through sunday romney's campaign says the traditionally democratic state of pennsylvania is in play and announced the candidate will stop there sunday. the obama campaign is calling that an act of desperation. team romney said they are on the offensive and look at an extended map. most everything between now and election day will have heated back and forth exchanges including the jobs report that's coming out today n washington -- from washington, now back to you. >>> president obama received a surprise endorsement days before election. yesterday michael blockberg announced support for the incumbent. he said this week's extreme weather led
is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. >> reporter: there's good news and bad news. the candidates are trying to convince -- spinet numbers. >> this was another busy day on the campaign trail. take us through some of the highlights from today. >> reporter: earlier today mitt romney spoke in wisconsin and he called this his closing argument. >> words are cheap. a record is real and it's earned. real change is not measured in words. real change is measured in achiefments and four years ago candidate obama promised so very much but he's fallen. >> reporter: as for the president he argues it comes down to trust. >> you may be frustrated sometimes by the pace of change but you know what i believe. you know where i stand. you know i tell the truth. you know i will fight for your families every single day. you know that. >> reporter: as if there wasn't enough political news out there today there's this brand-new cnn/orc that shows president obama has a slight lead over mitt romney so it's a dead heat there. >> thank you for that report. >> four square is trying to do
-by-side with president obama. joining forces in this crisis. and just as our abc news poll out today shows president obama and governor mitt romney in a dead heat, with five days to go before americans get to the polls. your voice, your vote. and abc's jake tapper has more. >> reporter: hurricane sandy has forced the president to cancel his appearance at seven campaign events. but he may have gotten something more valuable. >> you're going to be okay. everybody's safe, right? >> reporter: the opportunity to lead and be seen leading. today with new jersey's republican governor chris christie a shelter in brigantine, new jersey. >> hang in there. >> thank you. >> reporter: theirs was a most public display of bipartisan ship today, a trait many undecided voters process to love, one sorely lacking in washington, d.c. >> he has worked incredibly closely with me and i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. >> governor christie, throughout this process, has been responsive, he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back. even stronger than befo
. president obama stopped campaigning today to meet with fema. mitt romney had to cancel rallies in the state of maryland a short time ago, calling off the first day of early voting tomorrow. and look at this tonight. it all comes as the latest abc news poll shows this is a dead heat, mitt romney, ahead of president obama by just one point, 49% to 48%. and with a race this tight, a big question tonight -- could the hurricane upend this final stretch? here's abc's senior political correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise. a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw a little bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show deci
boats. >>> five days to go. barack obama and mitt romney dash back to the trail, as the clock ticks to election day. this morning, our bottom line on each side's path to victory. the last-minute moves. and this little girl's emotional plea going viral. >> i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >>> and jaws-dropper. the woman who saved her own life by punching out a 12-foot tiger shark. she tells us about the astonishing moment when her martial arts kicked in. the karate chop that saved her life. >>> and good morning, everyone. hello to robin at home. we are getting back to normal here in times square. but look at these live shots. >> rabbit rabbit. >> rabbit rabbit, robin. let's look at the live shots downtown right now. still so dark in lower manhattan. this is a city divided right now. it's going to take days, maybe longer, for the power to come back. and the scale of destruction is becoming so clear in so many places. look at the aerial shots of breezy point, new york, home to generations of firefighters and police. hit so hard by 9/11. now, hit again. more than 100 homes des
the auto industry. >>ed to mr. obama launched a fresh attack accusing his rival of trying to this scare off voters. >> italians are going to build jeeps in china. >> chrysler said that is not true. there are no plans to move production to china. a rep said it was cynical campaign politics at its worst. >> both campaigns are trying to reach the magic number. no matter how you do the math with the eight battleground states it is clear ohio is the key. >> ohio is the tate -- state we need to win. this campaign hopes the enthusiasm they saw here will be seen across the state on election night. karyn travis, abc news, west chester ohio. >>> in maryland we have the potential to make history with some of our ballot questions. find everything you need to check out. prepare yourself. you can find it all on ab c 2 news.com/politics. >>> in our consumer alert some of you may be out there playing on your new ipad mini. they were out in stores today. it costs $329. the version that is out now features only wifi. come mid november, an update version will support 4g wireless. there were lines outside of
is tuesday november 6th. >> president obama is bringing star power for the final days of the campaign trail. bruce springsteen will perform at presidential stops along the way with wisconsin, ohio and iowa on the map and jay-z will perform at an ohio stop. >>> for most kids the major motivation is snag as much candy as possible. matthew gilbert is more concerned about where the candy is placed so he went for halloween as a bolt box. >> -- ballot box. >> this is a box that goes about down to here and it is split in happen when you vote we open it from the bottom and pour out candy and count each one. >> he factor in a 5% margin of airior for candy eaten alone the way. president obama won 90 to 3. gilbert went as ballot box in 2008 and obama won that too. >> pretty clever. >>> we are getting creative for breast cancer awareness. >> carol hospital september put together a video -- center put together a video called the pink dance. [ music ] >> i encourage you to check this out it's a fun video and part of a nationwide contest sponsored by medlinech the two three hospitals with the most votes w
tapper reports from the suddenly quiet campaign trail. >>> good evening, cynthia. president obama was supposed to hold a rally here in orlando, florida. but hurricane sandy made other plans for him. president obama, pulled candidate obama off the trail today, pulling a no-show at his orlando, florida, rally to race back to the was to monitor the hurricane. >> this is going to be a big and powerful storm. >> reporter: in the whaake of t harsh criticism, of the president, flying to las vegas after the benghazi post was attacked. two photos of the president being briefed. and he cam out to the briefing room to warn americans to heed local and state officials and to underline what's truly important. >> i am not worried at this point, the impact on the election, i am worried about the impact on families and impact on our first responders. the election will take care of itself next week. >> there is no doubt the election is being impacted by the storm. both candidates planned to spend the final days of ethe election crisscrossing battleground states. instead they're laying low. canceled
. and president obama today, praised the doctors and the nurses here for working together. this is when, you have team work and it goes off successfully. as you can see here, though, still in lower manhattan, we are in the dark right now. and hopefully, we continue to see more stories of hope like this. instead of stories of sadness that we're likely going to see in the next few days. >> thanks to brandi hitt, live from manhattan. thank you, brandi. >>> we turn to one of the most haunting images from sandy. a destructive fire turned a queens new york neighborhood into a pile of burning embers. >> the flames ripping through 111 homes fanned by sandy's powerful wind. this morning it is being called one of the worst the city has ever seen. we have more now from abc's elizabeth vargas. >> reporter: breezy point was engulfed not only by wind and rain from hurricane sandy, but something unexpected, fire. >> dozens, up to 100 homes have been decimated. and left in a rubble. >> reporter: a stunned beach front community, firemen, policemen, blue-collar workers took stock of what was gone. not a single thi
voters go to the polls. >> we have seen some of the effect. both governor romney and president obama have canceled events in virginia. one big impact right now. also, it's going to effect their effort to get out the vote. didn't have much effect on early voting in florida yesterday. it could complicate it in virginia and ohio. two other key states that will impacted. then finally, is this storm as bad as it seems to be right now, it could block out the closing arguments of these candidates. in the last nine days. >> in some ways this is the real october surprise. i wonder, if you're the president how do you manage campaigning, because his job is truly on the line here with governing and imagine perhaps a large disaster. >> you show that you're in touch. the president was already talking to the federal emergency management agency. he's returning to the white house tomorrow afternoon, as i said, cancelling some events. the biggest problem for the president right now, if he makes any mishandling of this storm could affect the final days of this race. more than any other factor. >> in nonweat
allowed back into the city. >> reporter: president obama surveyed the area by air and on the ground. he met with governor christie. it will take time to clean up. the ball is rolling and the federal government is very much involved. reporting for abc2 news. >> for will look at all the incredible pictures you have sent in and the video of the damage from all over maryland, just head to abc2news.com/sandy. >>> real important reminder. many people may have power at home but there are a lot of traffic lights out. we caught quite a few drivers blowing through intersections with their lights breaking the law. police handed out tickets. when drives come to a light that's out this should be treated as a four way stop. if an officer is around, you could get a ticket because it is the law. >>> the baltimore humane society on nick codeem must needs your help. >> our power has been out since 3:00 on monday. we do not have phones or internet. one of our main generators went down. so we don't have heat either. we have a generator powering the kennel. >> aside from the outage, they're taking a financi
. president obama flying in today to survey the damage, as rescue teams go house to house to search for the 20,000 still stranded in this new jersey town. >>> crisis in new york. nearly half the city without power. at least two dozen dead, as the biggest hospitals fight to stay up and running. forced to evacuate the sickest patients down dark flights of stairs. >>> and, the aftermath. our team travels to the outer edges of the storm's fury, to towns demolished by a giant wall of water, where people were rescued from rooftops and sandy's misery stretches on. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with bill weir and cynthia mcfadden in new york city, and terry moran in tom's river, new jersey, this is a special edition of "nightline," the perfect storm. october 31st, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran and i'm in tom's river, new jersey, one of the hard-hit communities on the water in this state. the water that superstorm andy hurled against the atlantic seaboard from maryland, all the way up to new york city and beyond. so many communities utterly devastated. you can see this k
ago before president obama took office. the deal is set to go from 4 to 6 tonight. >>> we are in the home stretch of election day. that is for sure. it is less than a week away. it's on tuesday, be i that day -- but that day can not come soon enough for one little girl. >> i'm tired -- i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >> that's why you're crying? oh, it will be over soon, abby. okay? the election will be over soon. okay? >> okay. >> the girl's mother elizabeth evans said they were listening to npr on the way to the grocery store, and abigail started crying. well, npr got wind of this story and post add personal apology to abigail. the note went on to read "we must confess, the campaign has gone on too long. enough for us, too." so it looks like abigail is in good company. >> it's cute. >> it is cute. she's so cute. >> exactly. that's sweet. i mean, she echoes the sentiments of a lot of people, that's for sure. >> she said she wants to be an astronaut, by the way, not a politician, so just to clear that up. >> exactly. >> politics have soured on that little girl.
:00. president obama is off the campaign trail again today. >> he was touring the disaster zone in new jersey, following hurricane sandy. tory dunnan joins us from washington. i'm sure he had a busy trip when he was with governor chris christie, correct? >> reporter: this is an unusual sight to see, to see president obama traveling around the state with governor chris christie. you have to remember that chris christie is a top surrogate for mitt romney and the keynote speaker at the republican national convention. the president had this message for voters. >> we need to make sure that everybody whose lost a loved one know they're in our thoughts and prayers. we are here for you. we will follow up to make sure you get all the help you need until you rebuild. >> reporter: so far his team has said tomorrow he will be back on the trail and making stops in wisconsin, colorado and also nevada. >> so meanwhile, mitt romney resumes campaigning in the battleground of florida. seems like he's backing off the rhetoric a little bit. >> reporter: he's trying to strike this positive tone as he gets back ou
, new york city, moments ago, president barack obama has announced a disaster area declaration for new york and long island. >> we will cover both of those communities. what are we in store for today? >>> the worst -- >> woe, woe. >> we got rains we got lots of rain yesterday, we are going to get lots of rain today. we will see some of that today as well. i can't say the wore is over. all i can say is sandy made landfall. it could stall out for a bit and begin to move off towards the north. todays we are going to see hefty winds and alplenty of rain. we can see that behind me as we look at mailed's most powerful radar, the heavy rain along i-9 a, i-270, you don't need to travel today. keep it on the indoors and make sure the roads are clean and cheer as we check out what is going on with the winds, the current winds, similar to yesterday. sustained winds at 20 miles an hour, 18 miles an hour, 6 halvety grace. we are gusting higher than that. we are talking about wind gusts, tropical storm force again that will continue throughout the day. 36. below tropical storm force. that's very gus
reason to show it again. this is abigail evans. she's tired of barack obama and mitt romney. four years old, in tears. >> i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >> we spoke to abigail's mom, liz. they told us they don't even have a television. she's upset about the radio. >> she's a swing state. >> the election will be over soon, okay? >> okay. >>> taking a leap of faith. ♪ >> tacos, delicious food. >> thumbs up for me. >> canons can be fun in the right setting. why not combine the two? >> taco cannon? >> this is in austin, texas, and if you look right over here, there's a guy with a taco cannon shooting tacos into this crowd of people. they scramble for a taco that are, of course, wrapped up. what better way to have fun? >> better be really good taco. >> i don't care if it's a mediocre ta mediocre taco. >> baseball games, they shoot the hotdogs. they do this for fun. get free tacos shot at your face. >> that's literally getting your product out there. >> i'm surprised no injuries. >> funny if they shot the tacos, then the hot sauce. next time you're in austin, check it out. get a
states, as far west as michigan. and today president barack obama will head to new jersey to take a look at the damage caused by sandy. >> yeah, it's bad up there. and abc 2 news' renee marsh is live this morning in hoboken, new jersey, an area that was hit very hard. she's going to show us some of the damage and tell us how the national guard was called in. >>reporter: well, president obama will visit hard-hit new jersey today, and in this hoboken area, the mayor says that some 15,000 to 20,000 people remain trapped inside of their homes because of flood waters. now the national guard is here to help rescue some of those people, but this is just one of many neighborhoods still suffering from sandy's wrath. residents across the eastern seaboard are beginning to pick up the pieces in the wake of superstorm sandy. >> i lived here for 39 years, i've been through several hurricanes going back to gloria, and i've never seen anything like this at all. >>reporter: sandy made landfall near atlantic city, new jersey monday night, bringing a storm surge that flooded the jersey shore. new york su
, president obama and governor romney back out making their case to voters, as the clock ticks down. five days until americans go to the polls, your voice, your vote. and tonight, our brand new abc news/"washington post" poll shows this. the president with a one-point edge. he also got a big helpful endorsement today and i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor, anchor of "this week," george stephanopoulos. >> reporter: that's right. mayor michael bloomberg had criticized president obama in the past, said he was not going to endorse, today, he said he's endorsing the president because he believes he's best positioned to lead on the issue of climate change, which the mayor believes had an impact on this hurricane. that comes on top of that praise from governor chris christie, the republican governor of new jersey yesterday and the poll you cited shows that nearly 8 out of 10 americans think the president has done a good job handling this hurricane. >> what about the voters who are worried they're not going to be able to vote because of this storm? >> reporter: action is being taken a
ining we forcing a change of plans in the president sham campaign. president obama returned to the house. he has canceled an appearance in youngstown, ohio. president clinton and vice president biden will speak there. the president will not. mitt romney had to scrap campaign plans yesterday in the state of virginia. you can imagine this is just a distraction. neither one of the fellows wanted coming right in the last full week of campaigning. the timing couldn't have been worse. >> mitt romney take it as an opportunity to express that fema and this should be a state issue not necessarily a federal run issue that the state should have. supremacy over that. >> right. >> definitely like you said, a distraction that they, that they -- what are we talking politics? and binders? >> the president's day job. he has to go do that for a few days. >> of course going to be following the latest on hurricane sandy throughout the morning. make sure you stay with abc news, both onisha^ and online for complete coverage of the storm. >>> most of of will remember this day for the hurricane and whatever it
obama? or bolster romney's claims on the economy? jake tapper is in ohio. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning from a barn outside columbus, george. that's right, with this race so close here in ohio, any major event could tip undecideds or soft voters into the obama camp or the romney camp. so, all eyes are on the jobs report in this nail-biter of an election. stumping for votes, the candidates leave no stone unturned. in west virginia, romney was heckled. >> what about the climate? that's what caused the storm. >> reporter: he did some heckling of his own against the president. >> the president said he was going to consider putting in place a secretary of business. i don't think that what we need is another government bureaucrat that supposedly knows something about job creation. i think it would be helpful to have a president that actually understands job creation. >> reporter: as the president did in green bay, vegas, and boulder. fresh from hurricane sandy, he talked unity. >> there's no democrats or republicans dung a storm. just fellow americans. >> reporter:
obama and mitt romney are going through battleground states for every vote. in this down-to-the-wire race, how is it that both guys are so confident? >>> extreme shoplifting. caught on tape. look at this. a suitcase filled with $1,000 in steaks. this guy hiding items in a neck brace. how the thieves are now working in teams and making everything more expensive for you. ♪ happy birthday to you >>> and best birthday ever. we'll tell you how a mall worker managed to convince 1980s rock legend billy idol to play at his birthday party. this man went through extraordinary lengths, launching a two-year campaign to meet his idol. and we were there overnight, exclusively, for the big payoff. >>> you learn something new every morning on this broadcast. i had no idea ron claiborne was a big billy idol fan. >> i am, indeed. and justin bieber fan. >> who knew? >> thanks, ron. >>> good morning, everybody. we want to get straight to the big story this morning. that superstorm. abc's meteorologist, ginger zee, is in florida, tracking what could be a once-in-a-century event. >> sandy ha
. there's going to be some bad. i believe that it is the signature law for president obama and the signature law for governor romney in massachusetts. i personally would repeal the bad and try to keep the good, especially maintaining insurance on our children until they're 26. >> we have about a minute left. while you are one person running for congress, how do you address the on going stalemate and jm nastiness that exists in both houses? >> i believe it's due to party alee gens. they both feel they need to defend their party. overall, as a libertarian, i don't have the part aplea gens, so i basically would be able to reach across the aisle and come with a come promiessments truly my only reresponsibility is to the people of my district and the people of this country. >> all right. paul drogos. good luck in november. to see the interview and other candidate interviews, log on to abc2news.com/politics and don't forget to vote tuesday, november the 6th. >>> that's it for abc2 news at 6. we'll be back here at 11. see you tonight. so, maybe you're trying to figure out question
election day, president obama and mitt romney look for every last vote in the battleground states. we'll tell you their last-minute strategies. >>> and jackpot. what to do with 20 million bucks in lottery winnings you didn't know you had. >> it's getting crazier. and i can't stop crying. >> wait until you see her reaction when she realized she was sitting on a fortune. >>> good morning, everybody. so great to be back with you and with the entire team here after what has been a very, very long week. here we are, five days post-sandy. and federal relief is finally arriving for the people of staten island. i was out there this week. and the damage is astonishing. biblical, really. two images i'll never forget. a jacuzzi in the trees. look at that. and i met a guy whose house was picked up and moved across the street. you're going to see it when the camera turns here. his house was there. and now, it's there. >> parts of the city really look like a war zone this week. >>> also, look at this. these are food lines in manhattan. hundreds of new yorkers, waiting for something to eat. for many
until the americans go to the polls and will voice your vote and today president obama and governor romney put the brakes on the campaign until sandy is tamed. >> reporter: president obama was a no-show to his own rally in orlando florida this morning. whist away on air force one to get ahead of the worst of hurricane sandy and to warn those in its p ath. >> when they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. >> reporter: the white house eager to show the president looking and command released to photographs of him eating with advisers preparing for the storm. between his campaign and that romney had been canceled. two events went on without the president including one in youngstown ohio where former president clinton and vice president biden got a first- hand feel for the storm's winds. heavy wind and rain impacted early voting in ohio and other contested states, directly in the storm's path including two that also have early in-person voting. >> as analogous and is not scheduled to be back on the campaign trail until wednesday but that is subject to cancellation. diane? >> all r
than an airport right now. that remains closed. also, president obama will visit hard-hit areas of new jersey today, touring the areas with governor christie. >> here in new york, most of lower manhattan remains without power this morning. this is a live image. in the foreground is brooklyn. but across the river, absolute blackout. con ed had to cut power to areas of brooklyn and staten island overnight. and from the jersey shore, the view from the air revealing how much devastation that popular tourist area suffered. there's worries about leaking fuel in still-flooded towns. new jersey governor chris christie says the area will be rebuilt. he said it won't be the same, though. >>> and further from the east coast, sandy will go down as a massive snowmaker. one ski resort in west virginia reported three feet of heavy, wet snow that was blown by 60-mile-per-hour winds. the weight of the snow was too much for some trees, many of which collapsed across roads, forcing the roads to close. >>> once again, our broadcast is dedicated to the latest on the storm and its aftermath. >> and so, we b
this year. >>> five things you may want to know as you head out the door. president barack obama on the campaign trail today. he's going to hold rallies in wisconsin, nevada and colorado. the president is trying to make up some of the appearances that he canceled during sandy. and meanwhile republican nominee mitt romney is going to be campaigning in virginia. >>> gnaw web site for job training, mayor stephanie rollins blake will launch --.com will also be on hand. this will take place at the east side traffic center, the career center there. >> so just $1.84 you're going to be able to get a gallon of gas and fill up your tank tank for less than normal. the price will be rolled back at one gas station for a limited time today. the group of americans for prosperity say they want to show how different things were four years ago before president obama took office. the rollback will take place from 4 until 6 this evening at the hess gas staying. >>> it's american indian heritage month and lieutenant governor anthony brown is presiding over a ceremony today. the festivities include tr
are in the dark without power, president obama declared a major disaster declaration for new york and parts of new jersey, sandy made landfall and the southern pat of new jersey and atlantic city, parts is under water, there is flood water in lower manhattan in the subway system. we have a story of a emergency evacuation system at a hospital. hundreds of patients taken out of there, the stock exchange in knock will be shutdown for a second day. -- new york, will be shut down for a second day. 8 states are expecting snow. sandy having a big impact. >> so many of us head down there for the summer, we know about the pier that crumbled in to the water. did anyone say anything about how sad they were to see that go? >> reporter: the talk is that pier, the pier was swept away by the ocean and people are talking about the bay, the bay looks more threatening than the ocean. the bay brought a lot of water to streets here, it's a sad scene in a lovely vacation place. >> they were cold down there, it's hurricane season. of course related to hurricane sandy, which is a super storm. there are stories co
. >> barack obama returned to the nation's capitol as sandy was making landfall. there is a live look. see the flags flowing. breezy to start this tuesday. >>> we are dealing with fallen power lines, downed trees and flooded roadways. i will let you know how hurricane sandy is going to effect your commute, coming up on good morning maryland. vacation spot that many of us go to during the summer. next time it might look different. >> the result of sandy coming through and leaving her mark on our favorite beach landmarks. theymon is live in ocean city. >> reporter: the rain let up a bit. but we still are getting the freezing rain, on and off but the wind gusts thankfully have died down a bit. sandy was the monster we all feared. it's going take days to determine the devastation, millions of americans along the east coast wake up this morning, in dire straits. there are 5 million people who are without power, we know that in new york city, parts of lower manhattan, floodeds and that the stock exchange is not going to open today for a second straight day, the first time weather has forced the
, now super storm sandy. this is just in from the associated press. president barack obama declared a disaster in new york and long island. more on this story, as we continue with our coverage for you today. this is just three minutes old ming out of dc. thousands without power, bge crews bringing in people from out of state. it's time to change the way we clean. it's time to free ourselves from the smell and harshness of bleach. and free ourselves from worrying about the ones we love. new lysol power & free has more cleaning power than bleach. how? the secret is the hydrogen peroxide formula. it attacks tough stains and kills 99.9% of germs. new lysol power & free. powerful cleaning that's family friendly. another step forward in our mission for health.
: but noontime in washington, d.c., president obama breaking off from the campaign, took up the mantle of offense once again to urge americans to heed all the ominous warnings. >> the most important message that i have for the public right now is please listen to what your state and local officials are saying. when they tell to you evacuate, you need to evacuate. do not delay. don't pause, don't question the instructions given. >> reporter: by afternoon, sandy spawned snowstorms in west virginia and flood warnings as far west as chicago. and tonight, as we see the massive impact all along the east coast the sheer scale of the storm is staggering, almost 3.7 million people are without power. more than 1.5 million ee vavace. 14,000 flight cancelations across the country. and from space tonight, the gigantic storm seems to have earned its halloween moniker, frankenstorm. from land tonight, the moon peeked through the clouds at the eye of the storm. that was a while ago. there is no question the storm is roaring back and while hundreds of thousands of people did evacuate a lot of people stayed, espec
love. while there are those trying to divide us, presidents obama and clinton stand with us. pastors, business leaders, newspapers, democrats and republicans are all coming together for question 6. because it's about fairness-- treating everyone equal under the law. and who could be against that? . >>> a little bit of snow coating on the tops, not as much as they have in garret. wyatt will join us in two minutes to see in there is any snow in our future. >> we have been giving you a look at some of the area's best and brightest for weeks. tonight our student athlete of the week is a student who gets in the ring rather than step on the field. a kid who stands out in the crowd. shows up at four, runs two miles, works out for two hours, hits northeast high school and then hits the boxing club. >> i grew up there since i was about this tall, two years old and grew on me. >> reporter: left, right left, kick and punch. >> willing to push himself that extra mile. >> reporter: dad is the one who introduced him to boxing. >> i like training. i like to run and do the different work out was
to divide us, presidents obama and clinton stand with us. pastors, business leaders, newspapers, democrats and republicans are all coming together for question 6. because it's about fairness-- treating everyone equal under the law. and who could be against that? it's oysternomics 101. you start with a u.s. senator named ben. by helping restore thousands of acres of oyster beds, he kept hundreds of oystermen on the job... which keeps wholesalers in business... and that means more delivery companies... making deliveries to more restaurants... which hire more workers. and that means more oystermen. it's like he's out here with us. he's my friend, ben. i hope he's your friend, too. i'm ben cardin, and i approved this message. >>> early voting in maryland comes to an end in a few hours. voting centers close at nine. all week we've seen polling places, some people waiting several hours just to cast their vote early. >>> question circumstance the civil marriage prodid six, the civil marriage. it's not only a battle over individual rights but a battle over religion and what the word marriage means
. >> you said he did factor in a 5% margin of era for the candy eaten along the way. obama did win from his poll. >> it's a quiet pattern here, chilly fall weather. 40s and mid to low 40s. daybreak tomorrow, chilly, dress warm. here's your hour by hour forecast as we go into tomorrow. back in the mid-50s but that's close to hit. as we look at the set up through the weekend, again, more of the same here really. a chabs off -- chance of rain on monday but cool fall weather my friends. >> very nice. >> [ female announcer ] safeway presents real big deals of the week. or how to get great prices on things you need. heading into the holidays you look for the best deals. that's why we give you real big club card deals each week. right now, get a super low price on tide, $10.99 for 100 ounces. 12 rolls of bounty are $11.99. that's a dollar a roll! and charmin is $11.99 for 30 rolls. real big deals this week and every week. only at safeway. ingredients for life. . >> i'm lauren coke with your time saver travel report, construction on i 635 has shut down did ramp but the end is near t. project is
. with eight days to go, it's scrambling the schedules. president obama has canceled his schedule. he's in orlando. he's coming back to the white house. it's "your voice your vote" and jake tapper is in orlando this morning. >> reporter: in addition to preparing for the final week of this hard-fought race, president obama, mitt romney and their campaign are preparing for hurricane sandy. >> in times like this, one of the things that americans do, we pull together and help out one another. >> reporter: the obama campaign is encouraging supporters by e-mail, twitter and their home page to donate to the hurricane relief effort. the romney campaign loaded supplies on the bus in virginia to prepare to deliver them to local storm centers after the storm hits. >> i know right now some people in the country are nervous about the storm to hit t coast. i thought those are the people our prayers are the people in harm's way. >> reporter: safety. >> fact is, keeping people alive first. >> reporter: will the storm impact the race? >> well, i hope it's not going to affect the voters by election day
've learn president obama will be in new jersey surveying the damage tomorrow. but i want you to take a look around me here. this is what many blocks across little ferry, new jersey, look like tonight completely submerged. you'll see cars that tried to get out but just could not. in this neighborhood alone more than 400 stranded people were rescued today. rescuers made their way through flooded streets today picking up stranded families. >> want to come out? >> reporter: and the boats bringing people to where they could be trucked to safety. whole families huddled together in the backs of trucks. >> able to go on the second floor, but power is down. water is almost gone. we have a baby and elderly person. >> baby, baby here. >> reporter: the frantic rescue operation began around midnight last night after sandy's storm surge swamped new jersey. >> happened so fast, within 15 minutes we had 10 feet of water. >> reporter: stunned residents like vincent grabbed whatever they could as the waters rose. >> heartbreak. and then this -- you look and there's nothing. nothing, you can't stop it. >> rep
obama. i can't remember in my 40 years ever having a storm of that magnitude. you know, we're fortunate that bge wasn't hit nearly shardz some of the -- as hard as some of the folks in new york and new jersey. we were hit hard, we had 300,000 customers interrupted. it wasn't a catastrophe event, but it was a severe event. we've made a lot of progress. >> there were projections of close to a million outages. i'm sure some of that information was based in part on what we gleaned back in june and july, but because of what happened back then, you guys took a more proactive measure. take us up to date leading up to sandy. what was going on? >> the difference is we saw the storm coming. really, it was on friday of last week when things really started to gear up and the projections started to impact our territory. we called for help from what turns out now to be 14 states from as far away as texas, new mexico, oklahoma, all those utilities are responding by sending help here. many of them are here now. we still have more coming, and they'll be helping us with the restoration effort. as a resul
to the white house will have to find a new party to attend. the obamas have canceled the traditional halloween party, the president now traveling to the northeast to check on the cleanup and recovery efforts. >> victory parade today, they were given just two days to get everything together up to a million fans are expected to come out and watch the parade. the giants swept the detroit tigers in the world series. >>> you know when you're watching a scary movie and you're yelling at the character, don't go into the room, don't go into the room, the killer is in there hiding. all that adrenaline turns out will help you lose some weight. that is according to researchers in great britain. they claim that the surge of adrenaline, it produces short bursts of stress which can actually lower your appetite and help burn calories. some of the top calorie-burning films if you have an open night tonightcious there's always "jaws," "the shining" and "the exor sist." >>> the orioles made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. >> they are getting recognition. >> all received gold glove awards for fiel
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